Photograph of The Old School House

Belper is situated at the heart of the Derwent Valley Mills world heritage site. Being listed as such confirms the outstanding importance of the area as the birthplace of the factory system, where in the 18th Century water power was successfully harnessed for textile production.

Stretching 15 miles down the river from Matlock Bath to Derby, The world Heritage Site contains a fascinating series of historic mill complexes, including some of the world's first 'modern' factories.

The Old School House is conveniently situated in the heart of Belper's historic centre, only a short distance from the beautiful River Gardens and the historic North Mill visitor centre.


The postcode is DE56 1AR for sat-nav directions. However, please also use the following instructions;

From the south

Either M1; Come off at Jct 25 onto A52 (Derby), follow A52 to Pentagon shaped Island then go north on A608 (following Matlock sign)

At 4th island take left turn onto A38 South. Take first exit up to island and follow A6 north towards Matlock

Continue on straight A6 through Allestree, Duffield and Milford.

As you enter Belper, go straight on at first island (Morrisons) and The Old School House is on your right after 30m.

From the West M5/M6

Make your way onto the A38 Northbound towards Derby, stay on A38 around Derby and look for left turn onto A6 Matlock.

Follow A6 as above through Allestree, Duffield and Milford to Belper.

From the North

M1; Come off at Jct 28 onto A38 (south) then after 5.8 miles exit onto A610 towards Ambergate; after 3 miles turn left at T-Junction onto A6 towards Belper (Hurt Arms junction)

Follow A6 for about 3 miles into Belper

As you enter Belper go through first set of lights (large red brick mill building on right)

As you drive through the town you will pass a Total petrol station on your left, cross over the next set of traffic lights and The Old School House is on your left 30m after the Bus Station.